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    Candace Parker 3    
     
      Candace Parker
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central

Height:
6-4

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
04/19/1986

Experience:
2L

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS


2006-07: Became the youngest woman ever to earn the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year...Named the Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year...A WBCA/Kodak All-American...A John R. Wooden All-American...A first team Associated Press All-American...An ESPN.com All-American...Named the NCAA Final Four MVP...The league's coaches voted Parker the SEC Player of the Year and unanimously named her first-team All-SEC...The Associated Press voted Parker the SEC Player of the Year and named her first-team All-SEC...One of four finalists for the Naismith Award...Named the Powerade Player of the Game against North Carolina and against Rutgers...Named the Dayton Regional Most Outstanding Player for her combined 40 points and 23 rebounds in two games to take her Lady Vols to their 17th NCAA Final Four...Named the Powerade Player of the Game against Ole Miss after putting up 24 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks (to break the UT single-season record) against the Lady Rebels...Named the Powerade Player of the Game after a team-high nine rebounds and 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field against Marist...Picked up her first NCAA Tournament double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds to carry the Lady Vols past Pittsburgh and into their 26th consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance. Named the Powerade of the Game against the Panthers...Had her lowest career scoring output (4 points) against LSU in the second round of the SEC Tournament...On Feb. 26, named the SEC Player of the Week...Surpassed Chamique Holdsclaw for most double-doubles as a sophomore with her 17th of the year in the Vanderbilt game (21 points, 14 rebounds) on Feb. 25...Named the Lady Vol Player of the Game for her 29 points and a career-high 17 rebounds at Arkansas. She added four blocks and four steals against the Lady Razorbacks...Had 20 points and 10 rebounds by halftime at LSU. Finished with 27 points and 13 boards, along with three blocks, two steals and two assists to lead the Lady Vols to the SEC regular season title. She was named the CISCO Player of the Game by ESPN2...Her 14th double-double of the season came at the hands of Mississippi as she took the Rebels for 25 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists...Tabbed the SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 12...Named the Lady Vol Player of the Game against Kentucky after she stuck 31 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals on the Wildcats...Double-double No. 13 of the season came from a 25-point and 11-rebound performance at Auburn. Earned Lady Vol Player of the Game honors for her efforts...Her first two points at Alabama (56th career game) made Parker the fastest UT player to 1,000 career points. Chamique Holdsclaw got there in 57 games...Finished with nine points against the Crimson Tide on Jan. 28, snapping a 33-game streak of 10+ points...Missed the first game of her collegiate career when a respiratory illness benched her against Mississippi State...Named the Lady Vol Player of the Game against Connecticut with 30 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and a slam dunk...Pocketed her sixth double-double of her sophomore campaign with a season-high 32 points and 10 rebounds against Old Dominion. Was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line and finished 12-of-18 from the field...Got her fifth double-double this year with 19 points and 10 boards against West Virginia. Also dunked on the Mountaineers for her third slam of the season...Earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week Dec. 4...Named the Lady Vol Player of the Game against North Carolina...Tied her own career-best in blocks (7) against Louisiana Tech...Named the SEC Player of the Week and the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for her performances against Stanford and Middle Tennessee...Named the Lady Vol Player of the Game against Stanford after a 25-point, nine-rebound, five-block, four-steal and one-dunk performance...Tabbed SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 20...Went 10-of-15 from the field against UCLA and stayed perfect from the line (2-of-2) for 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block to earn the Lady Vol Player of the Game award...Against Chattanooga, she dunked the ball for the third time in her career. It was the first dunk by a female in Thompson-Boling Arena...A preseason candidate for the Naismith, Wooden and State Farm Wade Trophy Awards...A preseason unanimous first-team All-SEC selection according to the league's coaches and the Associated Press...Unanimously selected as the SEC Player of the Year in the media's preseason poll... On Feb. 27, Parker earned second-team Academic All-America honors, after earning All-District IV first team accolades...Named to the SEC All-Academic Team.

2005-06: Named a Kodak/WBCA All-American...Named a second team All-American by the Associated Press...Named to the NCAA Cleveland Regional All-Region Team...The only Lady Vol to start every game last season, she led the team in scoring 18 times and in rebounding 22 times...Through her first four career NCAA Tournament games, led all tournament participants in free throw attempts, ranked second in blocked shots and fifth in points scored...Finished her freshman season ranked second in points by a rookie and third in rebounds in the UT record books...Against Army, became the first female to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in any game...Nominated for the ESPY's GMC Professional Grade Play Award for her dunks...Named one of 18 finalists for the Wooden Award...Hit the game-winning shot in the SEC Championship game against LSU...Named the SEC Tournament MVP, just the second SEC Freshman of the Year to ever garner both awards...Earned a double-double in all three games against Georgia this year...Against Georgia in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, she earned her 10th double-double of the season, which moved her past Tamika Catchings for third place in most double-doubles by a rookie...Named the SEC Freshman of the Year, a first-team All-SEC selection and an SEC All-Freshman Team choice by the coaches...The unanimous SEC Rookie of the Year according to the Associated Press...Also a second-team All-SEC selection in the media poll...Had a career-high 34 points and 15 rebounds against the Gators...On Feb. 20, Parker was named to the Naismith Award Midseason List, comprised of the nation's top-30 players...Charted her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds at Georgia, despite playing on a sprained left ankle...A finalist for the 2006 V Foundation Comeback Player of the Year Award...On Feb. 2, Parker was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Watch List...She was one of 20 collegiate women's basketball players in the country on the list and one of only two freshmen...Named the Philips Player of the Game on eight occasions (Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Duke, Mississippi State, Georgia, Stanford and Stetson), the SEC Freshman of the Week four times (12/5, 12/19, 1/10 and 1/16), the SEC Player of the Week on Jan. 16, the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week twice (1/16, 11/28) and January's Lady Vol Athlete of the Month...Hampered by a hip flexor injury against Mississippi, Parker failed to either score in double figures or grab at least 10 rebounds in a game for the first and only time all season...Named the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week and the SEC Player and Freshman of the Week on Jan. 16 after back-to-back double-doubles in SEC play...Named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team and garnered Most Valuable Player honors as well...Stuffed seven Michigan State attempts - the most ever by a Lady Vol freshman and the second most ever by a Lady Vol basketball player...Posted a double-double against Stetson in her first collegiate game (19 points, 10 rebounds)...Became just the 10th Lady Vol to start the first game of the year as a freshman...Earned SEC All-Academic honors.

2004-05: Candace joined teammate Alex Fuller as the first ever redshirt freshmen, after she missed the 2004-05 campaign to recover from a pair of surgeries in the off-season on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, 2004...The latter surgery repaired both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee...Candace's ACL, from her prior surgery in July 2003, was in excellent condition...Earned a spot on the Lady Vol Honor Roll...Named to the SEC All-Academic Freshman Team.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS


HIGH SCHOOL: A product of Naperville, Ill., Parker came to Tennessee as perhaps the most decorated high school player in history and as only the second Lady Vol hailing from the state of Illinois (Carla McGhee)...The only two-time USA TODAY National Player of the Year (2003, 2004) helped Naperville Central H.S. to a 95-4 mark in the final 99 contests of her four-year prep career as well as to two Illinois AA state titles...Twice chosen as both the Naismith and Gatorade Prep Player of the Year (2003, 2004)...With her 2003 Naismith and Gatorade selections, became the only high school junior ever to win both women's awards...Parade Magazine, Street & Smith's, USA TODAY and Student Sports First-Team All-America (2003, 2004)...McDonald's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American (2004)...Participant in both the McDonald's and WBCA All-American games...Three-time Nike All-America (2002, 2003, 2004)...Street & Smith's All-America First Team (2002)...Became the first woman ever to win a slam-dunk contest, winning the 2004 PowerAde Jam Fest as part of McDonald's All-American Game festivities...Parade Second Team, Student Sports Second Team and USA TODAY Third Team All-America (2002)...Street & Smith's Fourth-Team All-America (2002) and honorable mention (2001)...USA TODAY and Student Sports Freshman All-America and USA TODAY Junior All-America...Three-time Illinois Miss Basketball and Gatorade Illinois State Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004)...Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, Naperville Sun and Champaign Gazette Illinois State Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004)...Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) All-State first team choice all four years of her prep career...Chicago Sun Times, News-Gazette and Chicago Tribune All State and All-Area Teams (2001-2004)...Compiled a school-record 2,768 points (22.9 ppg) and 1,592 rebounds (13.2 rpg), while starting 119 of the 121 games in which she played...Rated as the number one prospect and top high school senior according to the annual Blue Star Index (2004)...Registered high school career bests of 42 points, 35 rebounds, 12 blocks and 11 assists...Four-time Naperville Central H.S. Most Valuable Player...Became the first women's player to announce her NCAA women's basketball oral commitment live on ESPNews...2004 Women's Sports Foundation High School Athlete of the Year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: When selected to the USA Women's Senior National Team in September 2006, she became the youngest member of the squad since 1994...Guided Team USA to a bronze medal in Brazil, where she set a new American record for blocks in a tournament (14)...Led the USA Women's Senior National Team in points (18.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounds (8.4 rpg) and earned a spot on the five-member All-Opals World Challenge Team in April 2006...Led the 2004 U.S. Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team to a gold medal in Puerto Rico with a 5-0 record...Led the USA team in points (16.6 ppg), rebounds (8.8 rpg) and registered team highs in assists (24), steals (17) and blocked shots (12)...Was a member of the 2003 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival North Team and averaged 15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.0 apg and 2.3 bpg to complete the event ranked No. 3 in scoring, No. 2 in rebounding and No. 1 in blocked shots...Finished fourth at the AAU national championship in 2000 with her Jaguars team after winning state and regional titles...Two-time AAU Deep South Classic Most Valuable Player...Played AAU events in Florida, Louisiana and Missouri...Participated in the 2001 and 2002 Reze International Basketball Tournament for Girls in Nante, France...Selected as the tournament MVP in 2001 and twice named to the event's all-tournament squad.

PERSONAL: Candace is currently pursuing a major in sport management...Named to Naperville Central's High Honor Roll during every high school semester...Worked with community service organizations such as D.A.R.E, Loaves & Fishes and the Ronald McDonald House...Lists former Lady Vol and current Indiana Fever (WNBA) All-Star Tamika Catchings as the player she has modeled herself after...Hopes to one day become a television broadcaster/announcer and lists ABC's Robin Roberts and media mogul Oprah Winfrey as celebrities she admires...Has two brothers, Anthony, 31, and Marcus, 28...Candace Nicole Parker was born on April 19, 1986, in St. Louis, Mo....Her parents are Larry Parker and Sara Parker.

CAREER HIGHS


Career Highs
Points: 34 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Rebounds: 17 vs. Arkansas (2-22-07)
Assists: 7 vs. Mississippi (2-15-07)*
Steals: 5 vs. Alabama (1-3-07)
Blocks: 7 vs. Louisiana Tech (11-28-06)*
Field Goals: 13 vs. Pittsburgh (3-20-07)
Three-pointers: 1 vs. South Carolina (2-1-07)*
Free Throws: 11 vs. Rutgers (3-26-06)
Minutes: 41 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
2006-07 Season Highs
Points: 32 vs. Old Dominion (12-22-06)
Rebounds: 17 vs. Arkansas (2-22-07)
Assists: 7 vs. Mississippi (2-15-07)
Steals: 5 vs. Alabama (1-3-07)
Blocks: 7 vs. Louisiana Tech (11-28-06)
Field Goals: 13 vs. Pittsburgh (3-20-07)
Three-Pointers: 1 vs. South Carolina (2-1-07)*
Free Throws: 9 vs. North Carolina (12-3-06)
Minutes: 40 vs. Duke (1-22-07)*
SEC Highs
Points: 34 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Rebounds: 17 vs. Arkansas (2-22-07)
Assists: 7 vs. Mississippi (2-15-07)
Steals: 5 vs. Alabama (1-3-07)
Blocks: 6 vs. Vanderbilt (2-25-07)
Field Goals: 12 vs. Arkansas (2-22-07)*
Three-pointers: 1 vs. South Carolina (2-1-07)*
Free Throws: 10 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
Minutes: 41 vs. Florida (2-26-06)
NCAA Tournament Highs
Points: 30 vs. Pittsburgh (3-20-07)
Rebounds: 13 vs. North Carolina (4-1-07)
Assists: 7 vs. Army (3-19-06)
Steals: 3 vs. North Carolina (4-1-07)
Blocks: 6 vs. Rutgers (3-26-06)
Field Goals: 13 vs. Pittsburgh (3-20-07)
Three-pointers: 0 Free Throws: 11 vs. Rutgers (3-26-06)
Minutes: 39 vs. Rutgers (4-3-07)*

*indicates most recent high

PARKER'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEARGFGMFGAPCT.3PM3PAPCT.FTMFTAPCT.REB-AVG. PF-DQTP-AVG.ASTOBKSTMIN
2005-0636230417.552312.250159218.729298-8.373-1622-17.31038286561126
2006-0736267505.529618.333166232.716352-9.873-0706-19.6888999641101
TOTAL72497922.539930.300325450.722650-9.0146-11328-18.41911711851202227

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